Quogue Community Notes, July 18

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The Quogue Association is front and center once again this weekend, with the perennially popular annual duck race getting off to a flying start on Friday, July 19, at 5:45 p.m., when the little rubber wingless waterfowl are dropped en masse off the Quogue Bridge and begin their tide-borne journey to the finish line in front of the Village Dock.Avid duck racers and all those interested in supporting the Quogue Association scholarship fund have only until Friday to get their ducks in a row, as it were, paying $5 a duck, $20 for five ducks, or $50 for 12 ducks at the Lily Pad, Homespun or the Quogue Market in order to have a shot at the $1,000 first prize, the $500 second prize, or the $250 third prize.

After the race results have been announced, the Quogue Association’s annual Sunset Concert gets underway at approximately 6 p.m., this year featuring New Life Crisis and the traditional complimentary wine and beer.

The day has finally arrived: The day after the duck race, it’s time to get your wild on for one of the summer’s most beloved gala fundraisers, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s seventh annual “Wild Night for Wildlife,” being held this year on Saturday, July 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the historic home of Paul and Jane Dietche.

Tickets are available by visiting www.quoguewildliferefuge.org, or by calling the Refuge Nature Center at (631) 653-4771.

Earlier on Saturday, the Quogue Library is hosting several programs in association with the Hance Family Foundation’s Emma, Alyson & Katie Hance Project: “Beautiful Me,” to promote improved self-esteem for girls age 5 and up from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and “Raising a Beautiful Girl,” offered at the same time for parents, caregivers, grandparents, coaches and educators to learn ways to help young girls reinforce the self-confidence gained in the “Beautiful Me” group.

There is no fee for the workshop or seminar, but advance registration is required for both. For more information or to register, call the library at (631) 653-4224.

On Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., monuments conservator Jonathan Appell will lead a workshop for local residents interested in the preservation, restoration and care of Southampton Town’s historic burying grounds. Presented under the auspices of Southampton Town Clerk Sundy A. Schermeyer, the town’s Historic Division will offer this hands-on training to demonstrate “best practices” in the treatment of the town’s oldest surviving headstones.

No tools are required for this free workshop, but comfortable clothing is recommended. Ice water will be provided, but participants should bring their own snacks and lunches. Space is limited and reservations are required. For information, call (631) 702-2406, call Zach Studenroth at (631) 275-3374, or email zstudenroth@southamptontownny.gov.

This workshop has particular resonance in view of the fact that, in June, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of the Quogue Cemetery—founded in the mid-1700s—to the State and National Register of Historic Places. The registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites that are most significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of the state and nation.

This Sunday, July 21, will bring to the Quogue Library Summer Authors series podium one Warren Phillips, author of “Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at the Wall Street Journal.”

Mr. Phillips joined the Journal in 1947 as a copy editor, spent the next 18 years as a reporter and editor, was named executive editor in 1965, general manager in 1971, and held the title of chairman and CEO of parent Dow Jones & Co. when he retired in 1991. Sixteen years later, Rupert Murdoch bought the company for $5.6 billion.

Toward the end of the book, called by a reviewer in Fortune “a leisurely and entertaining stroll through his 45-year career at the Journal,” Mr. Phillips weighs in on the effects of the change of ownership. The paper is deeper and stronger than ever, he concludes, thanks in part to Mr. Murdoch: “Whatever his sometimes controversial qualities, he believed in newspapers and was willing to invest heavily to build the Journal’s quality and competitiveness.”

All author readings and talks are offered at 5 p.m. on the library grounds and followed by a book signing and reception. Tickets are $15; call the library at (631) 653-4224 for more information.

The third installment of the series, on Sunday, July 28, will feature Roger Rosenblatt, reading from his new memoir, “The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood.”

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